Golden Age: Finding Wealth in Senior Spending

Baby Boomer travelers

Those people born somewhere between the end of World War II and the Age of Aquarius have likely heard this story before. Their label is Baby Boomers, they represent one in six Americans (and these are not the seniors of yore), and they are a key part of the greatest transfer of wealth this country has ever seen. By 2020, there will be 700 million of them worldwide and, in the U.S., it is Baby Boomers – not Millennials –  that control 70 percent of all disposal income that is available to be spent. Read more »

Getting the Jump on Summer Travel Deals

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The High Seas on Sale at Princess Cruises

For those who are fast enough and savvy enough to book their next cruise vacation by May 14, the world can be their oyster on a Princess Cruises vacation. A Summer Clearance Sale is underway from Alaska to the Aegean offering substantial savings on a variety of Do’s and Dates. Cruisers can save up to 50 percent per person on launch fares, plus receive as much as $400 in free onboard spending money per stateroom when booking a balcony cabin, mini-suite or suite. Read more »

Best Countries for Travel Deals in Europe 2015

Slovakia for Budget travel

A Day in Slovakia

2015 may be a banner year for travel deals in Europe. Europe may be the great “it” spot this summer for Americans eager to exploit the dollar to euro rates this summer. The dollar to euro conversion rate is the best it’s been in years. But what many travelers don’t know is that not all countries in Europe use the euro and that Eurozone deals vary from country to country.

Data culled from year-over-year flight, hotel, and vacation rental rates tell a lot about which Eurozone countries are the best for deals, where travelers can shave off a few extra euros, and which country is the best fit for individual travel budgets. Read more »

Five Can-Do’s for that Next River Cruise

rise in river cruise popularity

River cruising may be the least understood among all the ways to tour around and see the world. And, with more than 40 new river cruise ships launching in 2015, the field of choice in river cruising is exploding. A little clarification and new must-dos can go along way in choosing where and how to take that next river cruise. Read more »

What does it Mean to be the World’s Best Hotel?

Gililankenfushi

 

Go ahead, make a guess: What property out there is considered the Best Hotel in the World? Hint: It’s not owned by Donald Trump.

If you look east – way east — to the Maldives archipelago in the Indian Ocean you would be warm. According to TripAdvisor, Gili Lankanfushi gets top honors as the Best Hotel in the World 2015 as tabbed by its Travelers’ Choice survey and the reasons will not surprise you.

Each of Gili Lankanfushi resort’s 45 villas is an overwater island unto itself.  In the Maldives, it is said each resort is its own kingdom and at Gili Lankanfushi that land would be the Kingdom of Luxury. Each villa is completely private with a large open-air living space and 2,250 square feet of aromatic hardwood interiors that include dining facilities, outdoor terrace with day bed, open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area, and king bed, — all over open waters.    Read More …

Flyers Score the Not-So-Friendly Skies

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Things are not looking up for those planning on flying the friendly skies. A new report examining quality of experience for airline passengers and quality of behaviors for the airline companies servicing them shows, in fact, that those sunny skies are getting harder to find. U.S. airline performance slipped in 2014, according to the latest Airline Quality Rating (AQR) released this month. Overall, the survey shows the airline industry collectively declined in the study’s four core elements: on-time performance, involuntary denied boardings, mishandled baggage and customer complaints. Read more »

Top 10 Beaches for Families in 2015

U.S. Best beaches

Not all beaches are family-friendly and even the beaches that cater to kids can be a crowded conundrum of concerns and hassles. To take the guessing work out of the equation, TripAdvisor subsidiary, Family Vacation Critic, offers these crowd-curated best bets for beaches this summer with insider tips for sun and fun. Read more »